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Driver Licensing > Motorcycle License > Basic Rider Course

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed for beginner riders with little or no previous motorcycle experience. Students will learn about different types of motorcycles, their controls, how they operate and will begin developing and practicing the mental and motor skills necessary for safe riding.

The BRC combines classroom instruction with on-cycle riding practice. Class times vary, but students will spend a minimum of 5 hours in the classroom and ten (10) hours riding. All riding exercises are conducted at slow speeds on a protected range. The skills taught during the course include: rider and motorcycle preparation, defensive riding strategies, riding in a straight line, cornering, breaking, shifting, clutch-throttle control, and basic crash avoidance techniques.

Students take a written evaluation and a riding evaluation as part of the course. Students who complete the course and pass the evaluations receive a completion card that will waive the motorcycle skills test given at the DMV for a motorcycle endorsement for up to one year.

Motorcycles and helmets are provided, but students are responsible for providing the following protective clothing: eye protection, gloves, boots that cover the ankles, sturdy pants and a jacket.

Students who do not arrive on time for any portion of the course will not be allowed to continue the course, and will not be refunded.

Basic Rider Course Highlights

  • Course graduates are exempt from the DMV written and skills tests.
  • A motorcycle learner's permit is not required.
  • Motorcycles and helmets are provided.
  • Courses will run, rain or shine.
  • No experience needed.

Enrollment Requirements

Must possess valid driver license, or be eligible for a drivers license. Individuals under the age of 18 must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian. Students need the ability to balance and ride a bicycle.

Register for a BRC Course

To register for a Basic Rider Course, check the training schedule, download a Course Registration form and complete and mail it, along with your registration fee, to (please be advised that the training schedule and new course registration form will not be available until January, 2015):

NH Dept. of Safety
DMV - Motorcycle Rider Training
23 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305

Once I Pass the course …

Students will perform a written evaluation and a riding evaluation during the course. If the student passes both of these evaluations, he or she will receive a New Hampshire Motorcycle Rider Training Program completion card. The student can take that completion card to the DMV within one year and receive their motorcycle endorsement on their driver license. Note: There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass.

If I Fail the Course …

Although the BRC is designed for beginners, not every rider passes the class on the first try. Students who do not pass the first time may register for a second class and try again. Students who complete the entire class but do not pass the riding evaluation may be eligible to take an Intermediate Rider Course. The fee for the BRC is $110 and the fee for the Intermediate Rider Course is $50. Students should call the Motorcycle Rider Training Office at (603) 227-4025 for more information.

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